Tackling Loneliness in Isolation
24th April 2020
We know that self-isolation can be a lonely time for people. Luckily, many National Lottery funded projects have adapted their services in order to combat loneliness and bring people together during this time. We’ve put together a list of some of the projects that are working hard to help reduce loneliness.
1. The Warm and Toasty Club
In response to coronavirus, The Warm and Toasty Club have moved online! They are now holding live online Memory Afternoons on Facebook with exciting features, including #BiscuitOfTheWeek, in order to combat loneliness and bring people together virtually during isolation. As well as this, they are providing online interactive content for older people across their social media accounts, including word searches and uplifting videos of past Memory Afternoons.
2. Made By Mortals
Made by Mortals in Manchester has launched #ArmchairAdventures in order to raise spirits and help people stay connected during isolation. They are using telephones, taking over unused radio slots, and using social media to offer Arts Workshops that aim to reduce loneliness, help mental health and improve skills.
3. Time to Talk Befriending
Time to Talk Befriending in Sussex have had to adapt their services to meet the needs of both their existing and new scheme members. For people over the age of 65 who have limited existing social contacts and are living in the Brighton, Hove, Ardur or Worthing area, they are providing the following: telephone befriending, emergency food and supply packages, emergency information packs and are helping people access long term shopping solutions.
4. Feel Free to Talk
Northampton based Feel Free to Talk have moved their support services and youth groups online in order to support young people suffering at this time. This allows them to connect with support workers as well as people their own age.
5. The Parson Cross Forum
The Parson Cross Forum, based in Sheffield, have been running regular virtual Memory Cafes to help keep their members connected. They’ve been providing ‘Chairobics’ sessions to stay active, sharing stories and singing to keep their spirits up. They’ve also been delivering activity packs and information to their Memory Cafe members.
If you or someone you know is feeling impacted by loneliness, please find more information and governmental advice here.